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Interview with Rachel McCullock

OA: What music are you currently listening to and why?

RM: I mostly listen to radio 2 in my studio, it has a good mix of music , discussion, entertainment, news and humour.

OA: Which living artists do you most admire and why?

RM: David Hockney. I consider him to be one of the greatest artists of his generation. Aside from his spectacular use of colour, he has embraced new technologies to reflect and portray his work. I am particularly impressed with his iPad drawings.

ON: Which deceased artist do you most admire and why?

RM: The impressionist painters, particularly Monet and Renoir. They had the vision to breakaway from the traditional styles of the era and create exciting and beautiful masterpieces.

Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?

RM: Without doubt David Hockey's " A Bigger Picture" . The sheer scale and volume of his work was breathtaking. It was wonderful to see a living artists' lifetime work in the glorious setting of the Royal Academy.

ON: What is the question you get asked most frequently about your work and how do you answer it?

RM: I am often asked how I create my unique abstracts and textures within them. I reply by saying that in my former career of dental technology I was always interested in materials science and the reaction of different materials to each other. I use many highly unusual materials and paints to create my effects.

ON: Can you tell us about where you make your art and what if any the significance of this location is?

RM: I am fortunate to have a studio in my garden. It was originally a summer house and as such has wonderful views of the Hertfordshire countryside. I find being in there very calming and relaxing, although time can pass extremely quickly when I am in flow.

ON: What do you like most about being an artist?

RM: I love the freedom of being able to create something unique. By definition my work is never going to be boring and repetitive.

ON: What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?

RM: I was asked to produce a large body of work to hang in the child protection unit of the Lister Hospital in Stevenage.

ON: What are your plans for the coming year?

RM: I hope to continue experimenting with colour, form and texture and to see sales of my work increasing.

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